Yes, Quaggafontein has more sand than the previous site but the entire space is not one giant sand dune either. There are patches you can avoid (or just walk and push over), and the "main road" (binnekring road) becomes pretty hard and free from excess sand due to the high traffic volumes. So yeah, bring your bike if you are considering it!
Bicycles are incredibly useful in Tankwa Town; but are not necessarily a necessity. That said, they do make everything more accessible.
Bear in mind that bicycles are not public property! If you see a bike without a rider, please do not borrow it for a quick ride to the loo and back without permission... no matter how dire the need is...!
Give your bike a lekker service before the event, and for heaven's sake bring a puncture kit and tools, like a wire brush, chain lube, and extra tyre tubes. Learn how to fix a puncture before you hit the road.
MOST IMPORTANT BIKE TIP? LOCK IT OR LOSE IT! (EVEN WHEN IN CAMP)
No bikes are considered stolen unless the lock was bust, and no bike is considered lost until the event is over – but bikes do go missing. Some turn up after everyone has left, and some disappear and never come back, so please lock your bike - either to itself or to a bike rack.
Please don't lock it to guy-wires or artworks - this may hamper performances and scheduled burns.
DECORATE YOUR BIKE
It’s much less likely that your bike will be borrowed without permission if it looks unique. Light your bike up for night time riding – use LED’s, EL wire, solar-powered fairy lights or whatever you can come up with – get creative!
MARK YOUR BIKE
With your name, phone number and/or email address, and camp location, if possible.
The ground in Tankwa Town is not kind to bikes tyers - bring extra tubes, tyres and a puncture repair kit. They’re also a great gift to those who need them!
You may need them at some stage – and if you don’t, you can help those who do.
LEAVE NO TRACE
Don’t ditch your bike at AfrikaBurn - dealing with abandoned bikes stretches our already over-taxed resources. And, did we mention that if you don’t lock it up, you could lose it? It’s true. When the going gets crazy, bikes go walkies. Lock it up, especially if you’ve borrowed your friend’s R25 000 extra-special-chrome-plated-limited-edition Himalayan expedition bike, or you could well end up crying into your beer.
HOW NOT TO LOSE YOUR BIKE
To improve your chances of being reunited with a lost bike:
• Label it with your name, phone number, camp address & email.
• Take a picture of it on your phone / camera.
• Make a note of the make & model and keep it somewhere safe.
• Lose a bike during the event? Check with Lost and Found at the event or email a description of the lost bike to info @ afrikaburn.com. Do it as soon as you get home, because there’s just a short window to identify your bike before DPW packs up and heads home.
LOST BIKE PROCESS
1 - Any bikes left on site will be documented & photographed.
2 - Lost bike owners will have 2 weeks to identify their bikes with details sent to email@example.com.
3 - There is no Step 3, proceed to Step 4…
4 - Positively identified bikes will be brought back from the Tankwa and the owners informed via email.
5 - Unclaimed bikes will then be donated to surrounding rural communities in the Tankwa area.